According to the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, the government will not pay millers who are trying to defraud the state over the subsidy that capped maize flour prices at Ksh100 every two-kilogramme packet.
The former president’s administration left the government with Ksh8 billion in unpaid bills for the subsidy that ended in August, Gachagua revealed in an interview last night with NTV on Sunday, September 18.
“We will not pay bills without verification. They are telling us they have pending bills of Ksh8 billion yet nobody ever saw the unga. It was all theft – a few traders colluding with a few government officials took advantage of the subsidy,” he stated.
The DP said officers were told to match bills with retailer supplies before making payments. He warned state fraudsters.
“The bills must be validated because these are public funds. Officers must be convinced that public money was used in the right way before they can pay, that I can assure you.
The inspection validation and auditing will be done in a thorough manner and if they are genuine, they will be paid, if they are not, of course, they are consequences,” the Dp vowed.